The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.
July 8-Oct. 1, 2017, Canaday Gallery
This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown, including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other extraordinary artists of the period. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Musée du Louvre. The painted subjects range from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic.
The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Leon Levy Foundation.
The Toledo showing is made possible in part by 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Christies, Jim and Gregory Demirjian and Taylor Cadillac, as well as generous gifts received in memory of Kurt Luckner. Admission is free for members and students, $10 for nonmembers.
Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
Through Oct. 22, 2017, Gallery 18
Widely known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender and sexuality, Kara Walker is one of the most successful and celebrated artists today. Her print series Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2005) was recently acquired by TMA. It features 15 of the artist’s signature black silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood engravings of Civil War scenes taken from Harper’s Pictorial History, first published in 1866. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This exhibition is supported in part by the H. L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.
Color Across the Spectrum
Through July 30, 2017, Wolfe Mezzanine
Pioneering artists since the 19th century have explored the singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. This exhibition looks at color through a selection of modern and contemporary graphic portfolios drawn from the collection and created by various artists, including Joan Miró, Barnett Newman and Josef Albers. Free admission.
Circle 2445 Tours: Unboxed: The Berlin Painter
July 6: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join the Toledo Museum of Art’s Associate Director and Associate Curator of Ancient Art Adam Levine as he leads a behind-the-scenes look at how an exhibition is planned and installed. Then embark on an exhibition preview of The Berlin Painter and His World and discover the ancient Athenian vase-painting techniques of the early fifth century B.C. and how these objects teach us about the ancient world’s athletics, musical performances and mythology. Pre-registration is required, free for Circle Members, $10 for non-members; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets at unboxingberlin.eventbrite.com.
TMA Block Party
July 8: 6-10 p.m., Museum Grounds
Celebrate summer with thousands of party-goers and enjoy entertainment, food and music purveyors during the Museum’s fourth annual block party. The festivities are spread out across Monroe Street, which will be closed to traffic, and coincide with the opening of the special exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World, a display of ancient Athenian vase painting. With the season’s focus on the art of Greece, expect inspiration for the Block Party’s food, dance and music to come from across the Atlantic. Opa!
FREE (Y)our Night: Jamboree
July 21: 7-9 p.m., Monroe Street Terrace
This is not your average Friday. Toledo teens are invited to come to TMA and create your own experience. Play some games, eat some snacks and win some prizes. Observe a flameworking demo or jam out; acoustic instruments are welcome.
FREE The Berlin Painter and His World with Curator Adam Levine
July 15: 2 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Join Adam Levine, the Museum’s Associate Director and Associate Curator of Ancient Art, as he leads a tour and talk in the galleries of this special exhibition.
Twilight Tours: Garden Party
July 28: 6:30 pm, Meet at Café
Take an adults-only guided tour of the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden. All visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art and the TMA campus in a new light! The tour will kick off with a complimentary drink in the café beginning at 6:30 pm, tour embarks at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person for members, $25 for non-members, one drink ticket is included and space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by purchasing tickets at twilighttours.eventbrite.com.
FREE Film in the Great Outdoors: Jason and the Argonauts
July 21: 9 p.m., TMA Grounds
In conjunction with the exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World, the Museum’s Films in the Great Outdoors series presents some of cinema’s most popular interpretations of ancient Greece. In the first edition, watch Ray Harryhausen’s 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts. (104 minutes)
FREE Great Performances: Gwilym Simcock
July 2: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Both a virtuosic pianist and an imaginative composer, Gwilym Simcock is one of the most important musicians on the British scene. Trained as a classical pianist, at the age of 18 he turned his attention to jazz and composition, putting his musical foundation to work in the quest for a new and original sound. Whether in solo piano performance – or as part of a duo, trio, The Impossible Gentlemen quartet, or quintet – Simcock draws his audiences into a new musical world that moves the mind as well as the soul.
Great Performances| André Mehmari, Solo Piano
July 15: 8 p.m., GlasSalon
Back by popular demand, Brazilian pianist and composer André Mehmari returns for his third TMA concert. For this performance Mehmari plays on the museum’s one-of-a-kind piano designed by artist Wendell Castle. Mehmari will also play some unique instruments inspired by his compositions for orchestra. Tickets will be available at eventbrite.com.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Alright Gandhi
July 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! Alright Gandhi performs pop music with an eye to experimentation.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Old State Line
July 14: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles, and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! Old State Line performs a mix of Americana, roots, folk, country and old time music.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Ramona Collins
July 21: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles, and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! Local legend and jazz vocalist Ramona Collins performs.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Grape Smugglers
July 28: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles, and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! The Grape Smugglers perform blues, R&B, rock and soul music.
Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
July 14: It’s Greek to Me: Wines from Around the Mediterranean
July 21: Fruit of the Vine: The Picks of Dionysus
July 28: Red and White: Wines for Your Kylix or Kantharos
Learn to create objects made of glass under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, workshop participants during February will make hearts. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14-plus accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit tmaglassartworkshops.eventbrite.com to see availability and purchase tickets for sessions Friday-Sunday in July.
A new addition to the Glass Art Workshops lineup, the Pick Your Project option lets you decide which glass object to make during a 90-minute session at the Glass Pavilion. Adults and children 14-plus accompanied by an adult are welcome. Options for Pick Your Project include creating an apple, bird, confetti paperweight, flower, fish, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit tmathursdayglass.eventbrite.com to see availability and purchase tickets for Thursday sessions in July.
Meet Me at TMA
This month take a closer look at 20th-century masterworks from the Toledo Museum of Art collection including visitor favorites Georgia O’Keefe and Andrew Wyeth. Meet Me at TMA is a 60-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register. The tour is sponsored in part by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive.
July 8: 1–2 p.m.
The Art of Seeing Art™
The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.
July 7, 14 and 21: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills during this lively 30-minute tour. Caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Meet outside the Family Center.
July 14: 6 p.m.
July 18: 10:30 a.m.
July 28: 6 p.m.
Toddler Tours provide multi-sensory experiences with works of art. Caregivers and their children ages 18 to 36 months are invited to participate in a hands-on tour at the Museum, engaging with interactive learning materials that help bring the work to life. Meet outside the Family Center.
July 8: 3 p.m.
July 13: 10:30 a.m.
July 22: 3 p.m.
July 27: 10:30 a.m.
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
July 1: 1, 2, and, 3 p.m.
July 2: 1, and 2 p.m.
July 5: 2 p.m.
July 6: 2, and 8 p.m.
July 7: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 8: 1, 2, and, 3 p.m.
July 8: 6-10 p.m. during the Block Party
July 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 11: 2 p.m.
July 12: 2 p.m.
July 13: 2 8 p.m.
July 14: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 15: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 18: 2 p.m.
July 19: 2 p.m.
July 20: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 21: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 22: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 25: 2 p.m.
July 26: 2 p.m.
July 27: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 28: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 29: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 30: 1 and 2 p.m.
Family Center activities are designed for children up to the age of 10 accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is now open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.
Gyotaku Fish prints
July 1: noon-5 p.m.
Create a gyotaku fish print, a traditional Japanese printmaking technique using rubber fish molds and ink.
Red, White and Blue Stars and Stripes!
July 2: noon-5 p.m.
July 6: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 7: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 8: noon-5 p.m.
Using a variety of painting techniques, create explosions of color on your paper, inspired by the exhibition, Colors Across the Spectrum.
Family Center on the Move! July 8 Block Party
July 8: 6-8 p.m.
Join the Family Center on the Move outside on the Museum Grounds for fun and games for all of the family!
Terra Cotta Clay!
July 9: noon-5 p.m.
July 11 and 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 14: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 15: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World, create your own work of art using terra cotta clay.
July 16: noon-5 p.m.
July 18 and 20: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 21: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 22: noon-5 p.m.
Catch the last days of the exhibition Colors across the Spectrum and create a colorful work of art using ice.
At the Seashore!
July 23: noon-5 p.m.
July 25 and 27: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 28: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 29: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the many seashore images found in our collection, create your own summertime, sandy, seashore painting using watercolors and collage materials.
Family Center: Visiting Artist
July 28: 6-7 p.m.
Join Special Guest Laura Schetter, a teacher and the founder of the H2you Project, a geographic literacy water project that uses storytelling to connect people all over the world. Tell your own water story and share with others as we explore ways that inspire care and conservation of the world’s resource of water.
July 30: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by Ancient Greek Myths and the Greek Gods and Goddesses, create your own superhero story using a wide variety of supplies.
Events are subject to change. Check toledomuseum.org/calendar for updates.